Vaccinations in Bahrain



Bahrain’s exemplary healthcare system may be responsible for the absence of health risks in the country today.

Expats will need to take note thatwhile there are also no required vaccinations for travelers, precautions are highly recommended to increase resistance against certain diseases. 

Some of the diseases where vaccinations could be helpful are hepatitis A, typhoid, yellow fever and polio and booster doses as needed may be recommended for tetanus, diphtheria and measles. Expats who will be working in animal facilities or are fond of animals will also benefit from rabies shots while healthcare professionals and workers and those who lead active sex lives with the local population can use shots for hepatitis B.

Bahrain's vaccination recommendations can change from time to time depending on the area and the season so it is wise for expats to check the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) for updates on this concern. Expats coming from South Africa or sub-Saharan regions will be required to be inoculated for certain diseases, the list of which may be obtained from the same committee.

All vaccinations/immunizations should be done at least 4-6 weeks prior to the trip for the inoculations to take effect. Some may be given shorter than 4 weeks before departure but it is best to see a doctor at least one month and a half before flying to Bahrain. Expats are also advised to clarify their international health insurance details with their provider before relocating to Bahrain.